|The 1/6th plate tintype depicts a little known (at least from a south of the 49th parallel point of view) aspect of the Old and Wild West, with that being Canada’s part in the story. This
photograph came from an album that once belonged Canadian family from Ontario which included several images of men outfitted in decidedly western garb. Canada’s “Wild West”
was quite similar if not a bit less violent to that of the United States; outlaws, gold rushes, cattle drives, Indian wars with red-coated “Mounties” of the North West Mounted Police
filling the role of occupied in the Lower Forty-Eight by the U.S. Cavalry and Marshals. To this day the Old West is commemorated in Canada with the yearly held Calgary Stampede
and in the tradition of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As is the case with most tintypes and as the result of being exposed directly onto lacquered iron plates, this image is
unfortunately unidentified. The image dates from around 1880 - give or take a year or two.
The cattle industry was introduced into southern Alberta in 1876 by black American cattleman John Ware.
1/6th Plate Tintype (Ferrotype)